Soul Surfer Preview

Last night, my lovely bride and I had the blessing of seeing an advanced screening of the movie “Soul Surfer” which is due to be released on April 8th. As to not give away parts of the movie, let me just say that it was a wonderful film. Based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer that loses her arm in an attack by a shark, this film will inspire and move you. I count it such a blessing to have had the opportunity to see it and HIGHLY recommend you plan on seeing it as well. … Continue reading Soul Surfer Preview

Almighty Wisdom

It’s been awhile since I last saw the movie “Evan Almighty” and I forgot just how delightful it really is. There are tons of great analogies and sermon illustrations throughout the film. The kids and I watched it again tonight and one single dialog really jumped out at me. There is so much wisdom jammed into this brief point made by Morgan Freeman…who plays God in this film. Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does … Continue reading Almighty Wisdom

Stretching the Man Card

Last night I was flipping channels and got stuck on one of those films that stops me fast each time. No, it’s not “Dumb and Dumber”, “Fletch” or “Braveheart”. While those all have the same effect on my trigger finger, the one that stopped me last night was “Legends of the Fall”. Even though I own the DVD (and the soundtrack), I still watched the entire movie. When it first started, I wondered if it was a hit to my man card, but thankfully, I got justification on Twitter. I posted the question and was promptly told by several people … Continue reading Stretching the Man Card

Letters To God – April 9th

“Letters to God” is the true story about 8 year-old Tyler, who wrote letters addressed to God. These letters were Tyler’s way of praying; it was his way of talking with God about the things that were really important to him and about the things that he had questions. These letters didn’t only help Tyler deal with facing cancer but also worked to change the faith of those closest to him.” Official Movie Web site – http://www.letterstogodthemovie.com/ Continue reading Letters To God – April 9th

I’ve Created a Monster

It is no secret that I have this sickness for instantly remembering two things….lyrics and quotes from movies. I have no idea where or how that happened, but it did. To be honest, when it comes to math, history, science and english, I am useless. I got nothin’. However, I have more than one friend that will call my cell phone while they are driving down the road and say “who sang that song” or “here’s the lyrics, who sings this”. It’s sad really. The other thing that has happened is my kids have the same problem ability. Not only … Continue reading I’ve Created a Monster

I've Created a Monster

It is no secret that I have this sickness for instantly remembering two things….lyrics and quotes from movies. I have no idea where or how that happened, but it did. To be honest, when it comes to math, history, science and english, I am useless. I got nothin’. However, I have more than one friend that will call my cell phone while they are driving down the road and say “who sang that song” or “here’s the lyrics, who sings this”. It’s sad really. The other thing that has happened is my kids have the same problem ability. Not only … Continue reading I've Created a Monster

Wisdom of Benjamin Button

Tonight we watched “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (thanks Redbox). Every now and then I sit down with a pen and pad because I just know that a movie is going to provide great quotes. This one didn’t disappoint. It was a film of reflection on both life and death. Below are just a few that I wrote down. “Life can only be understood backward, it must be lived forward” “We’re meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us” “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we … Continue reading Wisdom of Benjamin Button

Thanks Paul Blart!

“The Boy” and I went to see “Paul Blart Mall Cop” over the weekend. I won’t give a review one way or the other. I will tell you that in true Happy Madison Productions fashion, the soundtrack was filled with great 80’s tunes. As a matter of fact, I cannot get the song below out of my head. I’ve been singing it since the moment we walked of the theater.  Try getting this song out of your head today too… “Can’t Hold Back” by Survivor Continue reading Thanks Paul Blart!

I Just Felt Like Running…

I’ll be flying running solo for the Reindeer Run on Saturday at Easton. I’m still fighting a bad wheel (hip) so it will be interesting to see what the time and pace will be. It’s too bad we’re not doing this on a track. Since it’s my left leg I would have a natural pull to the left that would’ve helped. I’ll have highlights results and a picture or two next week. We got our “Moju Project” shirts in the mail today so if you’re over at Easton Saturday morning, look for the really slow runner with a limp and … Continue reading I Just Felt Like Running…

Something in my eye

I was checking out my reader feeds tonight and this post on digg.com caught my eye. The post was dedicated to the “10 movies it’s okay for men to cry at“. To be honest, I have never even seen a majority of them. I got to thinking about my own list of such movies. As I was putting this together, I watched a few of the trailers on Youtube or IMDb and got a bit misty eyed all over again. I know there are more of them, but 10 is all that I am willing to admit to. Below are … Continue reading Something in my eye

These Small Hours

The kids and I watched “Meet The Robinson’s” the other night. I have this weird knack when watching films of picking up the soundtrack music and how it relates to the film. I have no idea how popular this song was, or if it even made it to radio, but it is rich. At the end of the movie a song called “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas played. The lyrics struck me. I won’t mess up the truth in the words by trying to put context around it. They pretty much say it all.Thank the Lord for “these small hours”. … Continue reading These Small Hours

Quotable

I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie with a notepad, but for some reason I did just that with “The Bucket List“. For some reason I just thought there would be great quotes in this film. Here are a few of my scratch notes from the movie: At one point Carter (Morgan Freeman) and Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) are discussing their belief, or lack thereof in God. Morgan Freeman referred to it as faith. Edward Cole: You see that is the point. Everytime I try to understand it, I just can’t get my head around it. Carter: … Continue reading Quotable

Get Expelled This Summer…Again!

I received an email this evening from a subscriber to my blog that has an opportunity for each of us to consider. It is my honor to share something this important through my site. Below is an excerpt of the email I received… “I am subscriber of your blog…..I have enjoyed reading and listening your blog for sometime now…. Can you help me with something? I am in charge of the re-release of our film Expelled…The goal is to gain 1,000 new theaters to release the film….over the summer…We are booking new theaters now… The caveat is that we need … Continue reading Get Expelled This Summer…Again!

We’re Off to “Top Gun”

In the morning my wife and I are boarding a plane to Palm Springs to attend the “Top Gun” event for our organization. It should be a great couple of days. I’m glad my wife gets to spend 4 days being pampered the way that she so richly deserves. I’ll be sitting in meetings, and giving presentations in the morning, but the afternoons are ours to do what we wish. There’s even a black tie affair on Friday evening. I don’t even own a tie, let alone a black one. Luckily I was able to rent one. I had to … Continue reading We’re Off to “Top Gun”

We’re Off to “Top Gun”

In the morning my wife and I are boarding a plane to Palm Springs to attend the “Top Gun” event for our organization. It should be a great couple of days. I’m glad my wife gets to spend 4 days being pampered the way that she so richly deserves. I’ll be sitting in meetings, and giving presentations in the morning, but the afternoons are ours to do what we wish. There’s even a black tie affair on Friday evening. I don’t even own a tie, let alone a black one. Luckily I was able to rent one. I had to … Continue reading We’re Off to “Top Gun”

Yep…it's like that.

“Value this time in your life kids, because this is the time in your life when you still have your choices, and it goes by so quickly. When you’re a teenager you think you can do anything, and you do. Your twenties are a blur. Your thirties, you raise your family, you make a little money and you think to yourself, “What happened to my twenties?” Your forties, you grow a little pot belly you grow another chin. The music starts to get too loud and one of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother. Your fifties you … Continue reading Yep…it's like that.

Yep…it’s like that.

“Value this time in your life kids, because this is the time in your life when you still have your choices, and it goes by so quickly. When you’re a teenager you think you can do anything, and you do. Your twenties are a blur. Your thirties, you raise your family, you make a little money and you think to yourself, “What happened to my twenties?” Your forties, you grow a little pot belly you grow another chin. The music starts to get too loud and one of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother. Your fifties you … Continue reading Yep…it’s like that.

Best Day, Worst Day

I have found that the older I get, the funnier the movie “City Slickers” is. Maybe it is because it is hitting close to home now that I am older. There are several real truths in this movie. The book “Wild at Heart” should be required reading before seeing this film. The clip below could easily be called “The Wound” (for those of have read WAH). I post it today because of what Billy Crystal says. It underlines why tonights game means a lot to me. It identifies why I know that someday, it will mean even more to my … Continue reading Best Day, Worst Day

“Black Friday”

If you’re like me, you are probably just about to go crazy after all of the “Black Friday” ads on TV today. The parade this morning was out of control. It was like a 3 hour commercial with a little parade mixed in occasionally. If you’re headed out in the morning or just making your own list and checking it twice, below are my recommendations for Christmas gifts this year. I’ve personally tested each one. They are lead free and will make great gifts. I highly recommend them all. Happy hunting! 1. “Iris to Iris” by Building 429. Might be … Continue reading “Black Friday”

"Black Friday"

If you’re like me, you are probably just about to go crazy after all of the “Black Friday” ads on TV today. The parade this morning was out of control. It was like a 3 hour commercial with a little parade mixed in occasionally. If you’re headed out in the morning or just making your own list and checking it twice, below are my recommendations for Christmas gifts this year. I’ve personally tested each one. They are lead free and will make great gifts. I highly recommend them all. Happy hunting! 1. “Iris to Iris” by Building 429. Might be … Continue reading "Black Friday"

God Speaking

Tonight our lesson from “Starting Point” was a discussion on the Holy Spirit. Our discussion was centered around questions about times when you have felt (or heard) that “still small voice” in your life. As I was reading over the chapter and thinking about those times in my life, this song by Mandisa came to mind. Many of you will remember Mandisa from American Idol fame. Of all the songs on her debut CD “True Beauty”, this is the one that sent chills up my spine. Lord give me ears to hear your voice, wisdom to discern your leadership, patience … Continue reading God Speaking

The Golden Compass

I have received several emails regarding the upcoming release of a movie called “The Golden Compass” and the controversy surrounding it. Being the way I am wired, I went digging for myself as well. Below are some things I found on the web regarding this film and what makes it so dangerous. From Pluggedinonline.com –QUOTE: “Clergymen who kidnap children. Witches who aren’t wicked. Even a pair of sexually ambiguous angels. If you thought Harry Potter was blasphemous, wait till you get a look at the His Dark Materials trilogy.” —Entertainment Weekly‘s preview commentary on New Line Cinema’s $150 million adaptation … Continue reading The Golden Compass

Random Friday

It’s October 19th, in Ohio and 70 degrees outside…in Ohio! Big weekend for the scrapbooking community at our church. The special guest speaker is none other than my sister! I’m not proud of her or anything. Big weekend in our household too. My wife is running in the Columbus Marathon on Sunday. Keep her in your prayers as she completes the race she feels God has called her to run. I’ll be walking a whopping 1/2 mile to catch the beginning, middle and end. With apologies to Justin Timberlake, “I’m Bringin’ Lazy Back”! For you Indians fans out there, there’s … Continue reading Random Friday

New Movie Alert

Maybe I have been so wrapped up in the MLB playoffs that I totally missed this one, but I have not seen any promos for the new Ten Commandments computer animated film at all. My son came running in the room this morning to tell us all about it too. My guess is that it was advertised on either Nickelodean or ABC Family as those are his channels of choice in the morning. Below are some links for the movie site, a trailer and a song from the film by Jeremy Camp. If we get out to see it this … Continue reading New Movie Alert

Camelot

Last night, my wife and I sat down to watch the 1995 movie “First Knight”. I had seen it before, but I must have been in a much different place spiritually at that point. I found so much truth and connection in it this time around. I was wishing I had a notebook to record some of the many quotes that are so relevant to our faith. Sure, the “body count” and violence in the battles was high, but beyond that, this is such a good movie. Some of the “Pearls of Wisdom” included: King Arthur (Sean Connery) – “This … Continue reading Camelot

Wisdom From the 80s' (IV)

Dr. Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you. Dr. Peter Venkman: What? Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams. Dr. Peter Venkman: Why? Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad. Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”? Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal. Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon. Continue reading Wisdom From the 80s' (IV)

Wisdom From the 80s’ (IV)

Dr. Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you. Dr. Peter Venkman: What? Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams. Dr. Peter Venkman: Why? Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad. Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”? Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal. Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon. Continue reading Wisdom From the 80s’ (IV)

Wisdom from The 80’s (III)

“You have to spend the thirty million, but after thirty days you’re not allowed to own any assets. No houses, no cars, no jewelry. Nothing but the clothes on your back! Now, you can hire anybody you want, but you have to get value for their services. You can donate five percent to charity and you can gamble another five percent away, but you can’t give this money away, and that includes buying the Hope Diamond as a birthday present.” -Brewster’s Millions Continue reading Wisdom from The 80’s (III)

Wisdom from The 80's (III)

“You have to spend the thirty million, but after thirty days you’re not allowed to own any assets. No houses, no cars, no jewelry. Nothing but the clothes on your back! Now, you can hire anybody you want, but you have to get value for their services. You can donate five percent to charity and you can gamble another five percent away, but you can’t give this money away, and that includes buying the Hope Diamond as a birthday present.” -Brewster’s Millions Continue reading Wisdom from The 80's (III)

Say Anything…

In honor of the 80’s discussion the past week or so, I thought I would post this. First off, every 80’s discussion has to include the song “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. Second, the video below is probably one of the greatest movies that I’m not sure everyone got to see. Lloyd Dobler gave us all something to reach for. “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen….” In honor of the 80’s stuff, I thought I would post a new header on the blog as well. Continue reading Say Anything…

He Bought Her Chairs..

Last night, I was channel surfing and got stopped on a movie from about 10 years ago called “Phenomenon” with John Travolta. As soon as I stopped on it, I said “he bought her chairs”. It’s really the only thing I remember about the movie. Well, that, and the ending (I won’t spoil it in case you’re going to rush right out and and rent it). I had forgotten what a good movie it is. Anyway, back to the point of this post. In the movie, John Travolta plays a super nice guy (George) that is trying to win the … Continue reading He Bought Her Chairs..